Food safety inspections during Mid-Autumn festival 2016: Dirty Food caused by bad awareness

Food additives derived from China, processing food without gloves and gauze mask,

packaging areas not complying with food safety regulations are emerging issues pointed

out during the unexpected inspections into 3 factories processing sweeties and moon

cakes in La Phu, Hoai Duc, Ha Noi on August 16.


Inspection carried out at confectionary house Toan Vinh, La Phu – Hoai Duc. Photo: by

Quynh An

“Cream, milk look like…..glue!”

The inspection team led by Prof. Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Minister of Health - Head

of Delegation. Doan checked irregularly 3 production facilities processing candies, moon

cakes are owned by Nguyen Ngoc Khanh Vinh, Toan Vinh, Nguyen Van Doan, food

Production Corporation Tan Hoang Gia owned by Nguyen Thi Hau manager.

At the factory of Tan Hoang Gia (Hoa Tham, La Phu), right from the gate, the breaded

baking, crates were piled catton in a mess. Although in front of the door entering the

production area there were a dozen of sandals, cream and flour powder were sticky and

scattered all over the floor. Besides, in this area of chain processing of biscuits, dirty

grease were sticky into the floor, filled with crumbs. Many plastic trays, utensils here

were also grimy.

According to Prof. Nguyen Thanh Long, just looking at the area processing and storing

cream of cakes is not hygienic, no need to take samples for testing. Through the

inspection, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Long asked the delegation to build a record

resolving violations, withdraw and destroy all the unsafe mixed cream.

It is not the first time Tan Hoang Gia company violating food safety regulations.

Mr.Doan Chi Cong – surveyor (Hanoi Market Management Sub-department) said that

this company had been fined more than 20 million Vietnam dong due to producing a

product without Food safety certificate of conformity. However, the factory has not paid

a fine yet.

At Ngoc Khanh factory, the inspection delegation found out food additives without

additional labels derived from China. Deputy Minister of Health – Nguyen Thanh Long

asked Vietnam Food Administration to recheck those food additives.

Mr. Ta Cong Luan – Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee La Phu

explained that almost every confectionery and food house has small area causing

difficulties in food safety management in the commune. “The government should support

for business premises”, said Mr. Luan. However, Prof. Nguyen Thanh Long confirmed:

“Not premises but awareness is the most important”.

According to Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong – Director of Vietnam Food Administration, the

boss of Tan Hoang Gia owns a large factory but uses plastic boxes containing cream

ingredients instead of investing more 100,000 to 200,000 Vietnam dong for safe inox

boxes. Thus, facilities are not current situation, but the awareness of the business owners.